By: Al Necro
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Released on December 17, 2016 via Transcending Obscurity Asia
Rudra has flown under the radar for the greater part of its existence. Merging thrash and black metal similar to the way Melechesh does, but in the greater picture, in a way few other metal bands do, they temper their style heavily with Central Asian influences. Rudra might not attract a large following, but intelligent metal fans who appreciate Central Asian culture and metal of a dark, but spiritual nature will gravitate towards music like Rudra’s. Comprised of competent musicians with songwriting chops easily surpassing most of mainstream metal as of late, Rudra may like their fanbase just the way it’s always been – made up of largely open-minded, intelligent metal fans who want something different, or who may relate well to Rudra’s native influences, like the use of sitar and percussion, lyrical content, etc.
Ideology divides us, but music brings people together, and Rudra’s love for metal speaks a greater message that goes beyond ideological differences. Black metal as music isn’t confined to an attitude or scene, and many may see a Central Asian band’s use of such a style differently, but Rudra makes use of the sub-genre’s style and sound in a fitfully musical way, meant only as artistic expression, so if a band’s reputation endears you to it, Rudra may not inspire you to enact the same pointless violence and idiocy, but that is just what intelligent metal fans think of pioneering musicians that view musical expression as exclusive to their own. It takes an open mind to properly understand just what artistic expression liberates instead of restricts, so if the music alone is what matters, Rudra may prove well worth the excitement metal fans from Central Asia feel about one of India’s greatest musical exponents releasing another quality album.
Rudra’s Enemy of Duality is not a headbang fest. It’s meditative, and inspiring in its use of Central Asian instruments and chanting. It is a triumph for a culture that it seeks to represent, and does not predictably follow in the footsteps of bands that are iconic for lesser reasons.
The thrashy riffs don’t race a million miles an hour on Rudra’s Enemy of Duality, and the band doesn’t play black thrash the same way bands like popular Asian exports Impiety do. Just think of how songwriting dynamics are often ignored by most fans who treat metal as background music and you’ll come to an understanding just how Enemy of Duality will fly by most metal fans who want something predictably exciting to brag to their friends about. Give this a listen and think little of what your friends may or may not find exciting about checking out a band’s music, and love it for the sake of loving the music for how it’s written, performed, etc. and Enemy of Duality may appeal to your tastes justly so. Lovers of noise and pointless wankery may not appreciate the meticulous way Rudra’s riffs transition seamlessly from one segment to the next, morph with the changing tempos, or how the solos hint at old-school metal influences that metal fans these days appreciate less and less. Like this for no other reason than you like it, and you’ll come to an agreement with metal fans who do – simply put. We as fans have such disparate tastes in music, but if you open your mind to something different from time to time, music may rekindle the power to persuade beyond borders, or overcome ignorance by doing so.
Rudra’s Enemy of Duality is another good album to remember 2016 by, regardless of musical preferences, as we all have. It just takes an open mind.
Listen to the exclusive premiere of the track ‘Perception Apparent’ here: